XAT 2020: Application Form, Dates, Syllabus, Pattern, Eligibility, Admit Card, Results, Counselling

Exam Date : January 5, 2020
Result Date : January 16, 2020

Do you want to study in a premium institute like XLRI Jamshedpur/ SPJIMR Mumbai/ IMT Ghaziabad? Then prepare for the  XAT exam. The upcoming exam is scheduled on 3 January 2021 and the application form will be live on the official website till 30 November 2020.

XLRI Delhi-NCR will accept applications for the PGDBM Program for the academic year 2021-22. The classes will commence from June 2021. Read the article given below and get detailed information on preparation, eligibility criteria, syllabus, exam pattern,  etc.

Latest Update

4 July 2020: XAT in 2021 might be held on Sunday 3 January 2021 as per the past trends.

4 July 2020: The candidates should submit the application form for XAT 2021 Exam by 30 November 2020.

**XAT 2021 Results Declared**

What is XAT?

The full form of XAT is Xavier Aptitude Test. XAT 2021 is a National Level MBA Entrance Test conducted by XLRI (Xavier Labour Relations Institute), Jamshedpur. The entrance test is conducted on behalf of XAMI (Xavier Associate Management Institute) for admission into Post Graduate Management Programmes across B-Schools of Xavier's group and other major B-schools in India.

Over 1,00,000 students are expected to appear for this exam and more than 150 institutes accept XAT Score for admissions.

XAT Exam

Registration for XAT 2021 will begin from 23 August 2020 and will go on till 30 November 2020

XAT 2021 score will be accepted by XLRI Jamshedpur and other reputed business-schools across India for admission into MBA/PGDM programs.

This exam is conducted by Xavier School of Management, Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI) - Jamshedpur for MBA, PGDM admissions in XLRI and other associated colleges.

XAT is one of the oldest competitive examinations in the country that has always kept pace with the cutting edge testing methodology. Its score is being used by leading business schools for admissions, including the prestigious XLRI and other associated institutes.

Human Resource course in XLRI is considered to be one of the best HR course in Asia and is the Flagship Programme of the college. XAT is conducted once in every year. It is usually conducted in the month of January.

Cutoff for the XAT exam is generally decided by the participating institutes every year. Applicants have to clear XAT Cut off 2021 set by the participating institutes to qualify for the selection rounds. International candidates can take GMAT and apply it through GMAT scores as well for admission. But they can apply only to the GMP - General Management Programme.

Now, let's take a look at all necessary details regarding the XAT 2021 exam which are listed out in the table given below.

XAT 2021
Exam Name Xavier Aptitude Test
Acronym XAT
Exam Type National Level Screening Test (Post Graduate)
Organized By XLRI Xavier School of Management
Examination Date 3 January 2021
Mode of Examination Online
Types of Question Multiple Choice Questions(MCQ) with 5 options and one correct response
Marking Scheme For Correct Answer (+1 Mark). For Wrong Answer (-0.25 Mark), more than 8 unattempted questions will result in a deduction of 0.05 marks. There are no negative marks for the General Knowledge section.
Exam Duration 180 Minutes
Exam Centres 72 cities
Eligibility 3 Years Bachelor's Degree (Minimum)
Exam Helpdesk No. 1800-267-4008 (Toll-Free)
Exam Website www.xatonline.in 
Email Support [email protected], [email protected]
Official Address XLRI Admission Office - C.H. Area (East) Jamshedpur - 831001, Jharkhand, India

XAT 2021 Exam Dates

The official dates have been released on the website and candidates can apply for the exam. The XAT 2021 Exam Date might be on 3 January 2021. You can check the other dates given below.

XAT Exam Dates 2021
Events Important dates
Application Start Date 23 August 2020
Application last date 30 November 2020
Last Date to apply with late fee 10 December 2020
Admit card date 20 December 2020
Exam date 3 January 2021
Result date By 31 January 2021(To be extended) (Released)
XAT Scorecard download window By 31 January 2021(To be extended) 

XAT 2021 Eligibility

Candidates must ensure to satisfy eligibility criteria for XAT exam before filling up the application form. Eligibility for XAT is given below.

  • Candidates must have completed a bachelor's degree.
  • They should have done at least a 3-year programme.
  • Candidates in the final year of their graduation degree can apply for XAT exam, provided they should complete their degree by June 2021.
  • Interested candidates can attempt XAT and there is no age limit.
XAT Eligibility
Age limit No upper age limit
Educational qualification Minimum 3 years of a Bachelor's Degree
Nationality NRI/Foreign/Indian

XAT 2021 Syllabus

The XAT exam will be conducted on 3 January 2021. Candidates should make all possible use of the remaining time and starts the preparation of the syllabus for XAT exam.

The question paper is divided into five different sections. For the XAT 2021 exam, the essay writing section is removed. So the other sections are Data Interpretation & Quantitative Ability, Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning, Decision Making, and General Knowledge (GK). There is no strict curriculum for the GK section. Students ought to be thorough with the current affairs to score well in this section.

Marks obtained in General Knowledge are not taken into consideration while calculating percentile however, some of the institutes might check the marks obtained in this subject as well. The other three subjects are taken into consideration for calculating the percentile.

XAT 2021 Exam Pattern

XAT exam has four sections - Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning (VA & LR), Decision Making (DM), Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation (QA & DI) and General Knowledge (GK).

  • Mode: XAT 2021 will be conducted online.
  • Marking Scheme: Each correct answer fetches 1 mark and 0.25 mark is deducted for every wrong answer.

The below-mentioned table contains XAT 2021 Exam Pattern. A breakdown of questions is given in the table.

XAT Exam Pattern
Subject Number of Questions Number of Marks
Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning (VA & LR) 26 26
Decision Making (DM) 21 21
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation 28 28
General Knowledge 25 25
Total 100 100 Marks

XAT 2021 Paper Analysis

A general analysis of the XAT Question Paper is given below:

XAT 2020 had been conducted for 3½ hours duration (3 hours for Quant, Decision Making & Verbal Ability and Reasoning + 1/2 hour for General Knowledge). Hence for 2021 also, it is expected to be the same. For Visually Impaired candidates with a scribe, an extra time of 25 minutes will be provided only for attempting Quant, Decision Making & Verbal Ability and Reasoning of XAT exam.

The Total Number of Questions for the XAT 2020 exam was 100 (74+25). This year, it can be expected to be around 100 again. However, XLRI has the habit of surprising everyone. There might be more or fewer questions but the type of questions will remain the same. 

For every correct answer, 1 mark is awarded to the candidate. A negative marking of 0.25 marks will be applicable for each wrongly answered question. There is no negative marking for any questions in the General Knowledge section. Also, there would be no essay writing test in XAT 2021.

XAT 2021 Application Form

XAT application form is available on the official website from 23 August 2020. The last date to apply for XAT exam is on 30 November 2020

Interested candidates can apply only through online. They have to pay the application fee of INR 1700. Apart from this for each program that they choose, they are bound to pay INR 300.

Earlier, a charge of INR 500 was levied on each XAT Registration done after the last date. But now they have waived-off the late fee.

XAT Exam Fees
Application Details Online
Registration Fee without late fee INR 1700
Individual Fee for each additional subject selected for XAT INR 300
Fee for Indian candidate only for GMP through GMAT INR 2500
Fee for NRI/Foreign candidates for one or more programs INR 5000


  • Candidates can apply for more than one programme in a single XAT application but the candidate has to pay separately for every programme he or she chooses. And also candidates can take a printout of XAT application form for future use.

How to register for XAT 2021?

Follow these steps given below to register for the XAT exam successfully. The XAT registration process is completely explained below.

  • Visit xatonline.in, choose the tab "New Registration" and enter Name, Date of Birth, Contact details, and E-mail-id.
  • A system generated XAT login ID and password will be sent to you through Email/SMS.
  • Students should note down XAT ID and password for future use.
  • After registering, the candidate should fill personal details and other educational background details. Finally, the candidate should upload necessary documents (as per the given specifications).
  • The final step is to pay the application fee and click on the Submit button.

XAT 2021 Admit Card

XAT Admit Card will be released on 20 December 2020. Candidates can download the admit card from the official website using their login credentials.

The hall ticket includes the name of the candidate, hall ticket number, examination centre, exam timings, reporting time, instructions. Candidates must go through the instructions mentioned in order to be aware of the do's and dont's and things that are restricted inside the test centre.

Aspirants will be allowed to enter into the examination centre only if they carry their valid XAT 2021 Admit Card & photo ID proof with them.

In case, a candidate finds errors on the admit card such as the spelling of the name, date of birth, registration number as shown in the application form, he/she is advised to immediately report it to the concerned authority.

How to download the XAT Admit Card?

Procedure to download and save the admit card is given below.

  • Candidates should visit the official website.
  • Upon reaching the webpage, you have to log in to your account with your credentials: your user ID and password that was provided after registration.
  • After logging in you have to click on the "Download Admit Card option" and your download will start. You can print 2 copies of your admit card.

XAT 2021 Exam Centres

Students or candidates can select the exam centre while filling the XAT form. There will be multiple fields to select test cities as per the aspirant's preference.

There are over 70 cities chosen as exam centres for XAT 2021. The test centres in the first preference are generally allotted to a candidate. However, in some cases, the conducting authority will give a different exam centre as per the order of preference.

It might occur if the total number of candidates in a particular exam centre exceeds a certain limit or due to some other valid reason.

How to prepare for XAT 2021?

The best way to prepare for this exam would be by working smart rather than working hard. XAT is slightly different from the other MBA exams. Candidates can follow the tips given below.

Be Focused and Stay Calm

Preparing for XAT Exam and clearing the exam would be easy if you prepare for the exam in a calm and focused manner. Try to keep it as simple as possible. Lack of either of them would pose a problem for you. Make sure that you never give up. This exam consists of a decision making section. One can answer those, only when his mind is calm and focused.

Attempt only the ones you can solve

XAT exam has negative marking. You cannot afford to make any wild guesses while answering. Make sure that you only attempt those questions whose answers you really know.

Time Management

If one wants to excel in time management he/she has to undergo the rigorous practice. You can achieve this by taking at least 10-15 mock tests and solving previous year question papers. This would help you get familiarised with the syllabus and exam pattern.

Mock Test

Mock tests form an integral part of the preparation phase. It is important to take as many mocks as possible and analyze it fully to improve the scores.

Previous-year Test Papers

You can prepare using the previous year question papers also as that will help you get an idea of the actual test.

XAT 2021 Result

XAT 2021 Result will be declared by 31 January 2021(To be extended). The scorecard is available for the candidates for download.

Registered candidates after the result declaration on or by 31 January 2021(To be extended) can download the scorecard from XAT official website by logging with their credentials. XAT admit card includes the following.

  • Sectional scores
  • Sectional percentile
  • Overall score
  • Overall percentile
  • The validity of the scorecard and
  • The candidate details as mentioned in the application form.

How to check XAT results?

  • Enter registration number and date of birth to access your XAT 2021 Result.
  • The candidate will be provided with XAT User ID and password using which they can log in to the official exam website and check their result.

XAT response sheets are generally released every year before the results. XAT 2021 response sheets can, therefore, be expected in the 2nd week of January.

XAT Cut off

XLRI Cut off 2021 is decided on the basis of

  • the number of applicants,
  • the difficulty of the paper,
  • the number of seats in participating colleges.

In order to be eligible to face the selection rounds, the candidate has to cross the cut-off score. The XAT cut-off varies from one institute to the other.

Cutoff for the year 2019 is tabulated below. The cutoff for 2021 will be almost the same. Although, the expected 2021 cutoff will be published shortly.


XLRI 2019 Cutoff for BM
Gender Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning (VALR) Decision Making (DM) Quantitative Aptitude (QA) Overall
Male 79.46 80 90 96
Female 75 75 75 95


XLRI 2019 Cutoff for HRM
Gender Decision Making (DM) Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning (VALR) Quantitative Ability (QA) Overall
Male 75 85 72 94
Female 70 80 67 93

XLRI Selection Criteria

A candidate is privileged to apply for more than one program. If that candidate clears the cutoff then he or she will be called for the selection process.

The selection process generally consists of GD (Group Discussion), writing, and PI (Personal Interview) rounds. Based on the performance of the student in these rounds he or she will be admitted for a program.

Call letters will be sent by mail to each of the qualified candidates and one has to report to the location to attend the XAT counselling process.

Contact Information

If candidates have any doubts or queries then they can contact the concerned authorities. The contact details are given below.

  • Address: XLRI Xavier School of Management, Circuit House Area (East), Jamshedpur 831001
  • Ph no: 0657-665-3203/04/05
  • Fax: 0657-665-3200/2227814
  • Visit: www.xatonline.in/www.xlri.ac.in
  • Toll-Free no: 1800-267-4008

Frequently Asked Questions

XAT is obviously tougher than CAT because it contains an extra section called Decisional Making where the candidate's decision making skill is tested and the Quantitative Aptitude of XAT has more complexity than CAT.

XAT Exam is a national level entrance test conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur for those candidates who aspire to pursue MBA or PGDM programme in XLRI or other associated XAT institutes.

According to the analysis made, it was found out that if a candidate can attain 85 percentile in XAT, he/she can get a reputed institute to study in. A candidate has to make sure that he/she doesn't invite negative marks by answering questions wrongly.

Yes, XLRI has changed the mode of examination to online from the past 2 years.

The delay in accessing the page could be because of the busy server when many candidates try to access the page at the same time or due to internet connectivity issues. It would be helpful if you are trying to reach again after 15 minutes or try again during the late hours.

After clicking on the submit button a XAT ID will be generated and is displayed on the screen which means that your registration is successful. The candidates should make sure that they note down the generated XAT ID as it is required for taking the print of application form as well as to download the XAT admit card.

The registration mails are automatically generated and sent to the mail id of the candidates provided in the application form. It is the responsibility of the candidate to make sure that they provide the correct email id.

You can calculate the aggregate percentage of marks obtained to date and can enter them.

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Colleges which accept [XAT]

Want to get in ?
Post Graduate Diploma in Management [PGDM], batch of 2021
11 Jun 2020
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

The cutoff is 50% in any of the entrance examinations like CAT, XAT, CMAT, or MHCET. Besides, students should clear group discussion followed by a personal interview round for LEXICON admission.

Want to get in ?

Master of Business Administration [MBA], batch of 2014
11 Jun 2020
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

Any graduate can apply with a CAT, MAT, or XAT score followed by group discussion and personal interview.

Want to get in ?

Post Graduate Diploma in Management [PGDM], batch of 2010
28 May 2020
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

Master School of Management has its own entrance exam. Irrespective of what you score in CAT, XAT, MAT, or any other exam you have to go through the entrance exam. So for admission, you have to give MSM's exam. One more thing- on the basis of CAT, XAT, MAT, and a few other exam scores, it provides scholarships to students.

Want to get in ?

Post Graduate Diploma in Management [PGDM], batch of 2021
16 May 2020
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

College accepts scores of CAT/XAT/CMAT.

CAT score of 80+ percentile. CMAT- 94+ are required to meet the minimum eligibility criteria

Want to get in ?
Post Graduate Diploma in Management [PGDM], batch of 2021
01 Apr 2020
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

International School of Management Excellence (ISME) is one of the reputed business school of India. The college offers courses like BBA and PGDM. The eligibilities to get admission in PGDM are- 

  1. Bachelor's/Masters degree from any recognized organization in any stream
  2. Equivalent with a minimum of 50% aggregate marks
  3. The candidate must process a valid score in any of the National Management exams(CAT, XAT, MAT)


Want to get in ?
Post Graduate Diploma in Management [PGDM], batch of 2017
30 Mar 2020
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

60% aggregate in under graduation. CAT, MAT, XAT, GMAT, IBSAT There was no cutoff during 2015 batch.

Want to get in ?
Post Graduate Diploma in Management [PGDM], batch of 2021
03 Mar 2020
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

Eligibility criteria: For PGDM admission to JIMS, Kalkaji, candidates should have obtained a bachelor’s degree with 50% marks from any recognized university.

The selection of the candidates is based on CAT/XAT/MAT/ CMAT/ATMA score followed by Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI).

Want to get in ?

Master of Business Administration [MBA] (Marketing Management), batch of 2021
11 Feb 2020
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

The admission in MBA courses at Graphic era university are based on :

  • Entrance tests like CAT, MAT, XAT
  • Entrance exam held by Graphic era University for MBA courses
  • Graduation percentage.

Want to get in ?
Master of Business Administration [MBA] (Marketing Management), batch of 2014
29 Dec 2019
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

For MBA/PGDM General candidate you have to have 50% & SC and ST & OBC you have to have 45% in Graduation.

CAT/MAT/C-MAT/KMAT/XAT any national level entrance exam. The scores are required as per year-wise results minimum qualifying percentile decided by colleges. 10th, 12th, and Graduation marks and RCMB- Test after that Presentability in current topics & Personal Interview performance & numbers are calculated through the admission process.

Want to get in ?
Post Graduate Diploma in Management [PGDM], batch of 2021
20 Sep 2019
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

The minimum criteria to get into IBI is a recognized graduation degree with any discipline. All students who have given the qualifying exams like MAT/CAT/XAT can apply for this course.

Discussion Forum

Is it ok to pusue PGDM along with B>Tech in Mecanical Engineering

I have done my B.Tech in Machanical Engineering, is it good to pursue PGDM and also I have got work experience of around 2 years in a small scale industry

Asked By: Joya Khan,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Hi Joya,

Yes, it is good to do so. Many companies recruit candidates with working experience.

Does XLRI checks academic records ?

Does XLRI consider academic records or how much percentage in 10th 12th and graduation is good enough to get an admission?

Asked By: Raj Pal,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Hi Raj pal,

Yes XAT checks academic performances as you need to keep 50% in aggregate as an eligibility criteria.

Can I expect tentative dates for XAT 2019?

Hi I am Saswat, Can I expect more dates if the link for 2019 is not available in the site?

Asked By: saswat tiwari,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Hi Saswat,

Yes, these are all tentative dates so you can expect other dates as well.

When will the Application Form for XAT 2019 release?

Hi, I am Venkatsai, I want to know regarding the application details for XAT 2019

Asked By: Venkatsai,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Hi Venkat,

Thanks for your question.

You can check the XAT Application Form details and Application Process here.

Exam centers

How many XAT test centers are in India?

Asked By: Sudha,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

There are 43 test centers in India .

Final year UG student percentage

What percentage should I enter in the application form as I am a final year UG student ?

Asked By: Tanvi,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The final year UG students can update their aggregate scores till date as their percentage. 

XAT 2018 Official address

What is the Official address of the institute?

Asked By: Paridhee Agarwal,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The official address of the institute is as follows: -

XLRI Admission Office – C.H. Area (East)

Jamshedpur - 831001,

Jharkhand, India

XAT 2018 Xavier’s Labour Relation Institute

Can you give me a brief about the Xavier’s Labour Relation Institute?

Asked By: Carmel Royan,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The Xavier’s Labour Relation Institute (XLRI) was founded in 1949 by Fr. Quinn Enright, S.J. in Jamshedpur. XLRI has developed its own identity to not walk on the beaten path but to strike new routes; not to benchmark but to be benchmarked, to be second to none but to be the first to respond to the needs of the people and the nation, by taking up the tasks which are bold but necessary which nobody has hitherto taken up. 

XAT 2018 Full form

What is the full form of XAT?

Asked By: Bhanu Prakash,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The full form of XAT is Xavier’s Aptitude Test.

An Overview on XAT 2018.

What are the important things to know about the overview on XAT 2018:

Asked By: Suresh J,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Xavier’s Labour Relation Institute or XLRI, Jamshedpur is one of the most reputed business schools in India and worldwide.

Entry into the management course at XLRI is through Xavier’s Aptitude Test—commonly known as XAT.

Candidates willing to be part of the various courses offered by XAT Associate Institutes and XLRI must take this test.

The exam will be held in January 2018, across 47 cities in India as well as two cities abroad. There are more than 100+ schools that come under the purview of XAT.